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    Here in Rio de Janeiro, a year ago, two armed men approached a car and told the people inside to get out. In the backseat, was a little seven-year-old boy called João Hélio, who was having trouble with his seatbelt as his family got out of the car. The armed men didn't wait for the boy to get out and entered the vehicle. Desperate, the boy fought against the seatbelt, opened the door and tried to go out, but his ankle got caught by the belt. And the armed men accelerated. The boy was dragged about four miles through four neighborhoods. Not only dragged, but also crushed by the wheel of the car. And the two armed men knew that as they drove.

    Let's worry about that instead of idiots who get hit by cars while listening to their Ipods.
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2008
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    Or, for the animal lovers, <a href="http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/art/archives/134292.asp">the dubious art of torture</a>.
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      CommentAuthorliquidcow
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2008
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    I just think it's a bit harsh to say that anyone deserves to die for a moment's thoughtlessness is all. Could happen to anyone. Even highly intelligent people have careless moments.
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    like the drummer from abba...
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2008
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    Not sure that thoughtlessness = death was the point. I think the underlying point was that we shouldn't all be punished and bound legally by other people's carelessness.

    - Z
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    I just think it's a bit harsh to say that anyone deserves to die for a moment's thoughtlessness is all. Could happen to anyone. Even highly intelligent people have careless moments.


    When one of your senses is not operating (in this case, hearing music), you can't afford to be thoughtless. Do you sprint with your eyes closed?
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      CommentAuthorbschory
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2008 edited
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    For what it's worth, if for some reason I walk out in to the street tomorrow listening on my headphones and fail to hear the oncoming taxi (if you've ever been to Boston, your best bet for getting killed in the street is by taxi) I hope the CNN headline reads: "Stop! Listen! What's that sound? Everybody look what's going down!"

    I do feel bad for the family members of anyone who lost their life thanks to a moments thoughtlessness or distractedness. Those moments happen to all of us, though thankfully most of us don't pay so dearly for it. However, if it ever happens to me I hope the entire world takes a moment to mock me mercilessly, but that's me. In the end, I have to agree with how Z said things:

    I think the underlying point was that we shouldn't all be punished and bound legally by other people's carelessness.

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